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Blog Author:
Nick Antonicci, Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity

My name is Nicholas Antonicci, I use the pronouns he/him/his, and I'm the Director of the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity here at Duke University.

Yesterday, I woke to the news of tragedy of 50 innocent people killed at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, a gay bar on a night celebrating Latinx people and communities.

I struggle to put feelings and emotions into words, to put pain into soundbites that appease and comfort those around me.

I struggle with balancing immense sadness for the lives lost, with anger at the forces which allowed this to happen and will continue to happen, namely homophobia and transphobia. I balance wanting to care for others, with frustration in the ways many of those who are responding are centering the feelings of heterosexual and cis peoples.

Blog Author:
Larry Moneta, Vice President for Student Affairs

Dear Duke Families,

As I look out my office window, I have the privilege of seeing our students walking (and rushing) by between classes, meals, meetings and study venues. So many things are apparent on the rare occasion that I get to just pause and admire the passersby. I notice that many seem either immune to the winter chill or in denial about the need to wear warmer clothes! I notice that rarely is anyone walking alone. Students travel in pairs, groups and masses! I notice that some kind of technological device is apparently welded to their ears or their palms (hopefully talking or texting with you). But, I also notice how remarkably different they are, reflecting the substantial and wonderful diversity within the Duke student body.

Blog Author:
A community response

Jack D explains what happened:

As many of you know, early in the morning yesterday someone entered my dorm and sprawled on the wall of the first floor, “Death to all fags @ Jack.” In just five words and an ‘at’ symbol, my sense of security and safety on this campus was shattered. 

Efforts have been made to find the assailant but the likelihood of success seems minimal. However, the person who wrote on the wall is greatly unimportant.

I would like for people to understand who I am. I wish to be a peer and not a name. I grew up near Boston with a single mother and siblings. I played sports throughout school and spent summers volunteering. I am a freshman but have lived as a proudly out and visible gay man on Duke’s campus. I am Jack. I am the fag. I do not deserve this treatment. No one deserves this treatment.

Blog Author:
Chris Heltne

Bernadette Brown has been named the new director of the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (CSGD) at Duke.

Blog Author:
Larry Moneta, VP for Student Affairs

Dear Duke parents and families,

Periodically, I like to acknowledge various parts of our diverse community. Today, in advance of some key upcoming commemorations, I want to share some thoughts about our LGBTQ community.

I’m proud to acknowledge an environment where all students, gay and straight, are equal members of our broader Duke family and where we celebrate differences and support persistent struggles which, unfortunately, yet exist. I invite you to check out the website for the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity for an array of current facts that showcase our achievements and pride.

Blog Author:
Janie Long, Ph.D.

You may ask,  “Lavender graduation…why the need for a special ceremony?”  I’m glad you asked.  A lot of seniors at Duke have been positively affected by their existence at Duke as a LGBTQ student and/or as an ally.  Some students have also been very negatively affected and found the Center to be a safe haven at some point in their journey… a place to get support, a place to be greeted by a smiling face, a place to get a hug, a place to crash on the couch, a place to have fun and forget your troubles even if just for an hour.  But most of all Lavender graduation is about celebrating who you are and one another as you have walked the campus of Duke as an LGBTQA students…even if you consider that part to only be a small part of who you are. 

Blog Author:
Cesar Utuy

As a freshman I would rarely ever stop by the center. I believed that it didn't have much to offer me aside from a couch to power nap in between to classes on. However, as one of my good friends kept dragging me along to the LGBT Center's events (as it was then called), I began to realize that there was much I could gain from the Center. And so, I've compiled a short sweet list of reasons to come visit the CSGD (and me when I'm working).

Blog Author:
- Lauren Burianek

The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity proudly hosted the Parent’s Weekend Saturday night reception in its new space. After a long day of group performances, tours, and study-specific meetings, families were invited to the Center to enjoy music, beverages, and desserts. The Dean of Students, Clay Adams, greeted families while live jazz music played in the gathering area. A buffet of pastries, brownies, fruits, and cheeses was scattered across the conference room table with pots of coffee ready to wash them down.
 

Blog Author:
Dr. Janie Long, Director, Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity

Hello, Friends of the LGBT Center.

I am writing to share the exciting news that as of August 1, 2013 we are changing our name to the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity!

North Carolina Pride
Friday | 9.21.12 | 4:00-6:00 PM
Saturday | 9.29.12 | meet at Noon

Every year the North Carolina Pride Committee puts on North Carolina's Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Festival. Duke supports their effort by hosting the festival and parade on East Campus and the LGBT Center creates a float for the parade.

Friday, September 21, 4:00 – 6:00 PM: Pride Prep Party
The Center for LGBT Life is hosting a Pride Prep Party on Friday, September 21, 2012 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. We will have food, music, and plenty of supplies for you to make pride posters to carry in the parade.  Our float’s theme this year is “Duke Pride.”

Saturday, September 29, meet at NOON: North Carolina Pride